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Premier League: Liverpool 5 Norwich 0

Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League after a marvellous 5-0 win over Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

A wonder strike from Jordan Henderson gave them the lead 26 minutes in, before a well-worked move saw Luis Suarez double the advantage nine minutes before the break.

Daniel Sturridge got his third goal in three matches for Liverpool soon into the second period, and that was followed by a great Steven Gerrard pile-driver and a Ryan Bennett own-goal.

The match started with Liverpool controlling proceedings, knocking the ball around confidently in midfield without creating much.

Norwich nearly took the lead as Robert Snodgrass delivered an excellent free kick from the right, and Bennett’s header forced a stop from Brad Jones, who was in goal in place of the injured Pepe Reina.

Liverpool continued to pass the ball well and their interchanging frontline was causing Norwich significant problems as Suarez played a pass through Bradley Johnson’s legs for Sturridge, but the England man’s resulting strike was halted by Mark Bunn in the Norwich goal.

Brendan Rodgers’ side eventually took the lead through Henderson, and what a goal it was as the England international struck a ferocious half-volley into the top corner of the Norwich goal after a Suarez effort was blocked.

It did not take the Reds long to double their lead as Lucas Leiva played a pass forward, only for Sturridge to take Michael Turner out of the equation with a clever dummy, allowing Suarez a free run on goal before sliding the ball past Bunn for his 20th goal of the season.

The second half followed an identical pattern in most respects and Liverpool soon had their third of the day.

Gerrard picked out Stewart Downing in the right side of the area and the winger played the ball into the danger area first-time, with Sturridge on hand to tap it in from five-yards out.

Norwich’s introduction of Wes Hoolahan saw them attempt to offer some kind of riposte, but before long they were four goals down as the Reds’ captain came up with a trademark strike.

After Glen Johnson cut in from the left, he laid the ball off for Gerrard, and from 25 yards out he buried a shot into the bottom corner, giving Bunn no chance.

Goal number five arrived with 15 minutes to go, and it came in embarrassing circumstances as Raheem Sterling capitalised on some awful defending by Turner before crossing low towards Fabio Borini. However, Bennett got on the end of it and put it past his own goalkeeper.

Liverpool played out the time remaining with ease, and enjoyed an impressive victory to shrug off their 2-1 loss to Manchester United in their last start.

Sat 19 January, 2013
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